Animal of the Week: Hadada Ibis, Kenya, Africa

Hadada ibis

Hadada ibis (Bostrychia hagedash)

Great place to see the Hadada ibis: Kenya, Africa

Of the many living wonders that dwell in the wilderness of Kenya in Africa, the hadada ibis is a bird that can kindle your interest by its insouciant beauty. Do not miss the probability of seeing and photographing it on our next Photo Tour to Kenya!

The hadada ibis is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, and is a large bird. Of all the ibises, this is a grey to mild-brown in colour. It has a moustache – the narrow, white and almost-horizontal strip across its cheeks! This grey bird has a beautiful purplish lustre to its plumage over its wings, which when captured in good light can look calmly radiant.

The name of this ibis is derived from the distinct and loud call it makes — ‘haa-haa-haa-de-dah’. It feeds chiefly on earthworms, larger insects, spiders and small lizards, and is evaluated on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Least Concern.

This week, we’re quite digressing from our usual way of declaring our Animal of the Week for  particular outstanding reason. Today, the hadada ibis is our Animal of the Week for no better reason than simply being itself!

See this unique bird on our Kenya Wildlife Photography Tour!

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Sourabha Rao

Sourabha is a staff writer at Toehold who dexterously gives verbal form to the inexpressible, and with her passion for travel, weaves immersive stories that transcend space and dissolve time.

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